If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll be aware that I am a member of Injured Workers Coalition (IWC).
Even though it was many years ago, when I was injured, today I still suffer. Just as many other people do.
Yesterday, was a very stressful time for some people. Especially, for the family of Shane Knapp, who was killed last Friday, February 27th.
Here is a link for you to check out the website for IWC entitled, Death of Worker... Shane Knapp: http://injuredworkerscoalition.blogspot.ca/2015/03/death-of-worker-shane-knapp.html.
If you clicked on the article posted there, you would know what was said in The Windsor Star. Here is a link, in case you cannot access various links at one time: http://blogs.windsorstar.com/news/loved-ones-mourn-punk-rocker-turned-family-man.
Shane Knapp 'was pinned between a tractor and a train car', just as was stated by The Windsor Star.
If you read the article, you'd be aware that Shane was killed while working, on the job. Unfortunately, he wasn't alone.
His dad was there with him. And, saw what happened to his son.
It's bad enough when a parent loses a child. But, in my mind... to be there when it happened, and see what transpired, would be overwhelming.
Being a member of IWC, I felt terrible. It was a heartbreaking thing to happen for his son to lose his dad, and his wife who is expecting a child in about seven (7) weeks, to lose her husband.
I want to let you know that I went to the visitation at the funeral home, yesterday. There, I saw his family, being supported by people who were literally lined up throughout the funeral home.
When I spoke with his mom, I let her know how sorry I was for her loss. And, let her know that I would pray for all Shane's family... especially, Shane's dad.
Next to her was Shane's dad. This man had tears flowing the whole time I was able to speak with family members.
When I approached him, I introduced myself, letting him know that I am a member of IWC. He hugged me, crying.
I let him know that I felt terrible about what he went through. And, made sure to tell him I'll continue praying for him.
Eventually, I was able to speak with Shane's widow.
This reminded me of how it was when my own husband died. I felt terrible for her.
There were feelings within me that were probably very different than many other people.
Yes, I felt terrible for Shane's family, who lost their loved one. But, I also thought about how terrible a life I have experienced after being injured on the job, myself.
Part of me almost wanted to tell his family members that it was probably better that Shane was not going to suffer any longer. But, I didn't.
I didn't want to upset them, any more than they were already suffering.
But, the truth is... there have been times in my life, when I actually have wished that I had died, when the school bus I was driving was hit by a tractor-trailer driver. For, in many ways, I have suffered. Suffered in ways that many people don't even understand. Even so, in some ways I am grateful I lived. Thank You, Lord!
Of course, it's not my will that is done. Nor theirs.
Only God's will is done.
He has a plan for everyone's life. When it will begin. And, when it will end.
Just as we read, in Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;".
Even though God has a plan for our lives, no one truly knows when it will begin, or end. But, God has a purpose in each of our lives.
So, I am asking that you pray.
Pray for Shane's wife, son, and future child. Pray for Shane's other family members and friends. All of whom, I am sure will be attending his funeral, today.
But, please... remember to pray for Shane's dad, for I believe he will suffer in a very different way than others. Not just with grief do to losing his son.
Thank you, my friend. May God bless you.
Until next time...
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